What Afro-Americans Stand to Lose…..

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A Chip off the Old Block! Donnie Dimwit and his sexist, racist, Dad Funky Freddie

……if Devious Donnie becomes President!

As Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for the US presidency, watched his favorability ratings plunge while the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s continue to rise, his handlers decided that if he is going to win the most powerful office in the world he would have to dramatically reach out to minority voters.  This explains the dramatic changes in strategy adopted by his campaign; which is manifested in his sharp turnabout on the promise to deport 11 million illegal aliens – a position he vociferously proclaimed as a cornerstone of his platform but is now running from it like the Zika virus.  It also fuels his belated attempt to court the Afro-American vote by finally admitting that President Obama was born in the United States after leading a five year “Birther”  movement that attempted to deny he is an American citizen.                                                                                                                                                           Clumsily spouting some hastily assembled and flawed statistics compiled by his speech writers, uncharacteristically read from a teleprompter, in which he blamed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for all the ills that inflict inner-city black communities, Donnie Dimwit shouted out to black folks: “Take a chance on me; what have you got to lose!”  Since Donnie has repeatedly revealed himself to be a devious dummy in the political arena, a man with no experience in public service and manifestly devoid of moral conviction, whose allegiance is determined by expedience in matters of principle, it is hard to know if he has any real understanding of how silly he sounds…or if he thinks black people are stupid.

After all, Trump correctly assumes that his core white audience is stupid, and he evidently thinks all black people are stupid too…it’s called hubris.  It is so obvious that longtime Republican stalwart General Colin Powell says “Trump talks to us as if we are idiots” and called The Donald “a national disgrace!”  General Powell went on to declare: “There is nothing that Trump can say” that will convince the majority of Afro-Americans to vote for him.  My feelings exactly, and as I write his 4% favorability rating testifies to the truth of Powell’s prediction.

On the face of it we can easily identify several critical areas where Trump’s attitudes and beliefs will lead to actions which will greatly injure the life’s chances and arrest the progress of Afro-Americans should he become President.  Among these are: Supreme Court Appointments; enforcement of voting rights laws and the restoration of the “pre-clearance”clause; indifference to police murders of black men and red lighting unconstitutional stops and searches; support for institutional racism in corporate America regarding the hiring and promotion of Afro-Americans regardless of credentials; historic tax cuts for the rich while lavishing even more money on the obscenely wasteful military budget – which will  deplete funds for desperately needed public sector jobs rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure while saving his family four billion dollars – initiating a thoughtless trade wars with China and Mexico that will send the price of many manufactured goods soaring; denial of climate change which contributes to increasing incidents of unprecedented natural disasters like the devastating hurricanes along the Atlantic coast, floods in the mid-west and wild fires across the far west, and emboldening armed white racists who believe he is on their side by selecting the racist verbal arsonist Stephen K. Bannon as the “Chief Executive” of his campaign.

Contrary to the beliefs of most of his followers, Trump could wreck the US economy just as two other millionaire Republican Businessmen who became US President did: Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush.  The latter President even held an MBA from Harvard – America’s premiere business school. Hence Trump’s argument that success in business has prepared him to run the American government and manage the economy with great efficiency is just so much pompous bullshit. The fact is that businessmen deal with micro-economic problems while a President must make macro-economic decisions that are better left to top economists who formulate policies on order to achieve the president’s economic goals.

We should heed the warnings of 370 world class economists, including some Nobel Laureates, who have issued a statement arguing that Trump’s stated economic plan will lead the world to ruin!  It is instructive to note that in the last economic crash during the Bush presidency Afro-Americans lost over 60% of all the wealth we had accumulated since the end of slavery!  When all of these factors are taken into account it is clear that a Trump presidency could wreck Afro-American aspirations and set us back immeasurably.  It could take us a century to recover…if ever!

And that’s not the end of the catastrophes we would face.   Consider the consequences of a Supreme Court with a Republican majority, three of whose Justices were appointed by Donald Trump.  Ignorant of constitutional history and the role of the high Court in interpreting that foundational document from which are bequeathed our rights as citizens, and upon which the laws of the land are based, appointments to the court by Trump would likely be determined by whim, intuition and ideology. And I think pretty much in that order.

Trump has already told us that the late Justice Antonin Scalia would serve as the model for his jurists.  A conservative Catholic, Scalia opposed a woman’s right to an abortion. And he is on record stating that the legal protections provided by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was a remedy for the long denial of the right of Afro-Americans to vote despite the fact that it is a fundamental right of citizenship, amounted to an unfair  “racial entitlement.”  He also voted with the majority in the Court in the Citizens United Case, which struck down the McCain – Feingold Bipartisan Finance Reform Act that limited the amounts of money which could be poured into elections by third parties to support a candidate.

This was a major victory for those intent upon destroying our representative participatory democracy, a system where presidential candidates are elected by the majority of citizens, and replacing it with a plutocracy, where elections are bought by the super-rich 1%.  The reason that laws regulating campaign financing in the first place was become big corporations were outright buying state legislatures and making politicians on all levels beholden to their largess.  It does not require a great political theorist to see that this practice is antithetical to the ideal of participatory democracy: government by the people.

Antonin Scalia: Racist Thug on the High Court

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May this odiferous polecat stink his way to hell!

Scalia also supported the right of Americans to own military assault weapons, although the historical justification for this 18th century Constitutional Amendment no longer exists.  At the time the US had no standing army to speak of and the danger of invasion from European powers was a real possibility.  Furthermore, since the right to bear arms was restricted to free men, who were mostly white, it was also a protection against revolts by African slaves and subjugated Native Americans whose land the European colonial settlers were stealing.

And of special importance to Afro-Americans Scalia was opposed to Affirmative Action remedies; he even resorted to questioning the intellectual capacity of black Americans in his opposition to Affirmative Action in college admissions…this despite the magnificent achievements of black professionals who entered college under Affirmative Action programs.  It has been a startling success; a gift that just keeps on giving!

Given the historical relationship between the advancement of black people in American civilization and decisions of the Supreme Court, a Republican majority dominated by Trump appointees poses a historic catastrophe for Afro-Americans. White Americans love to brag about their “constitutional rights,” but few people understand that the precise interpretation of those rights have varied widely over time, especially for Afro-Americans.  This is because the Constitution means whatever the majority of the Supreme Court Justices says it means at the time.  Two cases decided by the High Court are sufficient to provide compelling evidence for my claim: Plessy v Ferguson 1896, and Brown V the Board of Education 1954.

To fully appreciate the importance of these cases in the history of race relations in the US, a brief review of that review is essential.  In 1847 Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, wrote this opinion in the Dread Scott Decision: “Black men have no rights that white men are bound to respect.”  This decision left Afro-American without any legal protection in the country of their birth, a country whose creation they had fought and died for during the war of independence from England just 71 years earlier.  This paradox was due to the strange fact that the white settlers had fought a war based on the idea that all persons had a right to “life. Liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” yet maintained African slavery.

This is the first time in the history of the world that a “revolution” was fought to maintain slavery as the brilliant historian, Dr. Gerald Horne,  has shown in his recent book “The Counter-Revolution of 1776.” This is the most compelling example of American Exceptionalism, albeit one that is completely ignored by those who talk the loudest on the subject.

In order to correct this legal atrocity after the nation fought a Civil War that ended slavery in the US, the radical Reconstruction Era Congress passed seven Civil Rights bills and added the 13th 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and impeached President Johnson, who ascended to the presidency after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  President Andy Johnson appealed to the same demographic elements that our wannabe President Donald Trump appeals to. The most important of these Reconstruction Era laws in terms of defining the status of Afro-Americans in post-slavery America is the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equality in all spheres of American life.

However these rights were dramatically abridged by the opinion of the Supreme Court in the Plessy v Ferguson case of 1896, which legalized racial segregation and supplied the basis for the de jure racial caste system that established white supremacy in the US.  An extended discussion of the complexities of the Plessy decision is beyond the scope of this essay, so I will sum it up the essential point.  The Plessy v Ferguson Decision is popularly known in constitutional law as the  “Separate but Equal” decision, because the court ruled that facilities for blacks people could be maintained separately by law so long as they were equal to those for whites.

This was a disastrous legal fiction that led to a socio/political catastrophe for Afro-Americans because while the facilities and opportunities for blacks were separate they were never equal….throughout the south in particular facilities were often atrocious!  Yet the phonemon of systematic racial discrimination against black people in the USA was not by any means confined to the South.

The distinction in legal terns is that southern apartheid was required by law i.e. de jure segregation, and in the North it was de facto, more a matter of deeply engrained custom than a legal mandate cofified in the law.   I can provide first hand testimony on this system because I grew up under the American Apartheid system, spending winters in the South and summers in the North.

The differences in the laws represented a distinction without a difference to the victims of racism and white supremacy residing in the North or south. Recently MSNBC’s Dr. Rachel Maddow interviewed the rental agancy for Donald Trump’s apartment complexes in Brooklyn and Queens, who recounded how when he presnted Fred Trump with two applications from Afro-American professional women who had superior qualifications to many of the white tenants Fredie said: “You know I don’t rent to NIGGERS!!!  And tore the applications up.  He recalls a teenaged Donald at his father’s side in enthusiastic agreement with his daddy’s decision.  All that we black folk need to know is that “The Donald” says :”My daddy was the smartest man I knwo…I learned everything from him.”

Suffice it to say that the ideology which supplied the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings of the system of white supremacy in the US was adopted by Adolph Hitler and became the basis for his “Master Race” thesis – a thesis that donald Trump has enthusiastically embraced on video tape, where he can be seen declaring that his success in life is “due to my German blood.”  Hence this is no picayune matter; it is further evidence of the American Provenance of German Nazi ideology.  In fact we have it from an unimpeachable source, Adolph Hitler himself, who wrote a letter to the influential American racist Madison Grant – a native New Yorker like Donald – thanking him for publishing his 1917 book “The Passing of the Great Race,” in which he declares the blond Teutonic’s a master race.  “Your book is my Bible!” Hitler rejoiced!

Hence when the folks around Trump pine for the good old days and vow “to take our country back,” and “Make America Great Again” – a fascist slogan Herr Drumft borrowed from the Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini – we should be aware what they are talking about….their hopes and dreams.  Donald Trump has promised them that he will appoint Supreme Court justices that will turn back the clock.  Like the turn of the 20th century, the dawning of the 21st century has many “native” white Americans feeling vulnerable: both as a result of immigration and black progress.  In the 19th century African Americans witnessed the end of chattel slavery after waging a mighty struggle along with white allies that threw the country into a bloody and destructive Civil War. But the reconcilliation between whites in the north and south – the blue and the grey – let to a precipitous decline in the legal status of Afro-Americans in the US.

In the 20th century African Americans and their progressive white allies brought down “Segregation,” the evil and oppressive racial caste system in the American South born if the Plessy Decision – and most heavily practiced in the former slave holding states of the Confederacy. Now we have emerged in 21st Century America holding positions at the very top of American society.   This is true in the corporate world, the military and government. The ultimate symbol of black success is a black family in the White House!

There is an entire generation of white kids who have spent critical developmental years living under the leadership of a black president.  They have watched him lead at home and represent the nation on the world stage.  How they perceived this depends on who their parents are.  If their parents were highly educated and not mentally impaired by racist pathology then they saw Barack and Michelle Obama as the smartest, hippest, sharpest couple that has ever occupied the White House, a source of national pride from whom they can take inspiration.

But if their parents were “poorly educated” white racist who were enraged by the sight of “niggers” in the White House, then you grew up mad that this secret Kenyan born incompetent Arab terrorist managed to con his way into the Oval Office.  This would make them the perfect candidate for Donald Trump, whose incessant crusade against the President employed and popularized these very arguments!  Right after Obama’s victory Trump even said that Barack should not be “allowed to take office.” And conducted a five year crusade to discredit his presidency by denying that he was even an American…this second generation descendent of German immigrants!

It is no wonder that Trump supports laws that the federal Court says were “surgically” designed to prevent Afro-Americans from voting.  He fully understands their racist nature and appreciates how they can help him win.   However the ball is in the Court of black America and we can determine the outcome of this election: All we have to do is turn out for Hilary Clinton in the same numbers that we turned out for Barack in Ohio and Florida and it’s a done deal!

Those Afro-Americans who support Trump are damaged people, lost souls who have made a deal with the Devil, a classic Faustian Bargain where one barter’s one soul for worldly gains like money, prestige and power. – It’s an old story with no lack of poster boys: Judas Iscariot and Benedict Arnold immediately come to mind.  They are traitors to our ancestors and our children…they dishonor the past and betray the future!  For what, after all, what do Afro-Americans have to lose by a trump victory: Our Wealth; Our health; Our homes; Our Dignity; Our lives!  In short, everything that means anything to any self-respecting community. That’s what we have to lose!!!

Omohosa: Race Traitor Numero Uno!

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Donnie couldn’t recruit a Navajo…So he Settled for a Nigga Ho!!!

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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
November 7, Pre-election Night
2016

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